Perspectives and Tutorials

On Evidence-Based Practice:

So with the start of this new year, ASHA’s Perspectives has revamped and relaunched as a “fully indexed scholarly review journal” focused on the research-to-practice gap. Sounds excellent, eh? That’s what we’re all about here! They launched this new concept with a special issue of tutorials from members of CRISP, ASHA’s Committee on Clinical Research, Implementation Science, and Evidence-Based Practice*. This whole special issue is open-access, so you don’t have to be an ASHA or SIG member to read. We’ll be excited to see what comes from this new Perspectives over the coming months, and we’ll be sure to highlight the really good stuff for you.

Bridging Knowledge Between Research and Practice (Introduction to the issue)

Implementation Science: Tackling the Research to Practice Gap in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Patient-Reported Outcomes Measures: An Introduction for Clinicians 

This tutorial speaks to that third side of the EBP triangle we don’t talk about as much—the values and perspectives of the clients/patients themselves. The piece gets a little technical re: how patient-reported outcome measures are created and validated, but it does a job explaining why we should consider using these tools and a couple examples of existing measures you could use with your (adult) patients.

Research–Practice Partnership: Application to Implementation of Multitiered System of Supports in Early Childhood Education

Advancing the Delivery of Communication Sciences and Disorders Services Through Research: The Promise of Health Services Research

Clinical Quality Improvement and Quality Improvement Research

*Disclosure: Dr. Harold, owner of The Informed SLP, is a member of this committee.

More Perspectives and Tutorials:

Congruence in Research Question, Design, and Analysis: A Tutorial on the Measurement of Change in Clinical Speech and Language Research

Fostering Preschoolers' Emergent Literacy: Recommendations for Enhanced Literacy Experiences and Collaborative Instruction

This tutorial gives a good basic overview of emergent literacy and ways we can support that for our preschool friends. The gold here are the tables of basic strategies to use during specific literacy activities (shared book reading and making experience books) and sample collaborative lesson plans.

Planning for and Working With Children With an Auditory Brainstem Implant: What Therapists Need to Know

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Schools: A Tutorial

Figuring out how you fit into your school’s PBIS program? Or are you still puzzling out that particular edu-speak acronym? Come here for an in-depth look at what PBIS programs are (should be?) all about.

Treating Children With Cleft Palate: Case Examples

True story: Last night I had a vivid dream that I was at a tropical resort, and some random person found out I was an SLP and somehow convinced me to do an on-the-fly evaluation of someone with a cleft lip and palate. This is something I have never actually needed to do in real life, and I’m now feeling anxious about it. Needless to say, I am printing out these case studies for future reference. The cases are clearly presented and summarized, with very readable back-and-forth commentary between experts discussing them and how they were handled.

What Clinicians Need to Know About Early Literacy Development in Children With Hearing Loss

This is an excellent read and resource if you are serving young DHH children. The article breaks down early literacy into its four components (print concept knowledge, alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and oral language skills) and summarizes research on hearing-related differences and interventions for each.